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Five Tips for Using Cloud Services to Keep Your Private Information Safe

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Oct 6, 2014 2:08:02 PM

    
       
    Cloud storage provides the opportunity to centralize saved data on a network of servers while allowing you access to that information no matter the computer or device you use. Storing documents, photos, and data in cloud storage can be very convenient. Some people feel it’s much easier to have everything in one place instead of carrying around flash drives or discs that contain your data. You must keep in mind that the data you keep in the cloud is also at risk of being compromised by another person - just like anything else that is available on the internet whether it is intended to be public or private. Some recent events in the media may have led you to doubt whether the private information you keep stored is protected from hackers. Even though technology has made many things more convenient in our lives, it is important to stay more prepared and protected than ever. Below are some guidelines that should help you understand how to stay secured in our increasingly digital world. What-is-cloud-computing

Here are five tips to help keep your cloud data safe from hackers:

  1. Use strong passwords and do not use the same password for multiple accounts.
  2. Don’t answer security questions honestly. Security questions can be hacked right along with passwords. Make up your own security question, if possible. The answer doesn’t have to be true—just something you can remember.
  3. Turn on two-step authorization to require more than a password, such as a security question and a password to successfully sign in to your account.
  4. Find out what you are automatically backing up in the cloud. If you don’t want your info to back up automatically, turn that setting off.
  5. Understand that you have limited control over the security of what you store on the Internet. To put it into perspective, think of it as storing data on someone else’s computer. You cannot control what he or she does with it or how it is secured.

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